America’s Next Top Dumbass Brooklyn Girl

Published by PETA.
Kathleen, not the sharpest knife in the drawer

If reality ever catches up with Reality TV, we’re going to be in great shape as far as animal issues are concerned (though, like, Flava Flav will probably be President, which might cause some problems). Turns out that in Reality TV, when you make naive comments about how the fur industry works, you get voted off the show. On America’s Next Top Model last night, one of the challenges was to tackle a controversial political issue, and poor Kathleen (“I like fur, it makes you look hot”), got stuck with fur. We’re always looking for snappy sound bites to get our point across about the cruelty of the fur industry, so I couldn’t get my pen and notebook out fast enough when Kathleen let drop this little nugget of wisdom:

“Well, I mean, like, I don’t think you should take a live animal and kill it, but I mean, like, if an animal is already dead, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t take its skin and make a coat.”

Awww, sweetie, that’s not how they make fur. I got done feeling sorry for her by, like, the fifth time she had to ask what it means to be “anti-fur,” but it was a treat to hear Twiggy and the others express some real opinions about how screwed up it is to wear fur before voting her ass back to Brooklyn. If only there were some equivalent way of voting fur-flaunting airheads like the Olsen Twins into oblivion …


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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind